Elstead to the Devil's Punchbowl

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There are numerous ways to get up to Hindhead and to survey the Devils Punchbowl in all its glory.

This particular ride up comes from Elstead and requires you to take the road from Elstead Green, towards Thursley, for about 2 miles. This part of the route is a bit of a false flat, with a few periods of slightly more uphill sections. But these are more of a grinding lump than any big effort.

As you get to the outskirts of Thursley there is a sign that takes you left towards the village. This is a sharp and burving downward descent followed by a slightly rigorous uphill section until you reach Thursley Green, and the Three Horseshoes pub.

Carry on past the pub and out of the village and just as the road bends round to the left, take the road to the right, and then right again after about 100 meters (or you will end up going the wrong way up the A3).

Once you have turned right off the road you'll be on a very quiet road that takes you up parallel to the A3 and which is where the climbing starts up thie category 4 climb towards the Devils Punchbowl.

After about 1 mile you need to filter to the right up the devils punchbowl cycle track (suitable for roadbikes with decent puncture resistent tyres) where you continue the track to the top of the bunchbowl where you will be served with a stunning vista that covers 180 degrees.

As you carry along the path around the punchbowl, you will finally end up at a cvar park where the National Trust has a cafe where you can sit and enjoy the wonderous views, and congratulate yourself on a good climb.

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: High
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Trail Signage: Good
Mobile Coverage: Limited
Estimated Distance: 8.0
Elevation Gain: 217
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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